Zinke’s Resignation: Elected Veteran officials concerned Bernhardt is even more corrupt
Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has resigned. Zinke’s resignation means that Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt is going to take over. Take over as Acting Secretary of the Interior. So again that means Zinke’s resignation creates a place. A place now where he will be legally allowed to serve for 210 days. Yes, that’s without action by the President.
Bernhardt is too conflicted to even be Acting Interior Secretary.
Bernhardt can’t take care of our public lands. Especially after Zinke’s resignation. For starters, he is an ex-lobbyist. A lobbyist for extractive resource industries. He’s got other special interests. All with deep ties to corporate polluters. Bernhardt already had to recuse himself 26 times. That’s about deals involving old clients. Clients to adhere to the Trump administration’s ethics requirements.
But he breaks that promise all the time! He’s the one executing Trump’s vision. A vision fueling the nation’s dirty energy production.
In a year and a half since Zinke’s resignation, it’s so much easier for federal authorities to approve drilling projects. Projects on land and offshore. Zinke narrowed habitat protections for endangered species. Worst part is he’s pushing California to divert water. That’s more water to “agricultural interests”.